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Russian names shortlist - What do you think?

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anyagoogle Mon 17-Oct-11 23:36:14

Right I come from a Russian family and have a very very russian name. OH has a very very English name and has always hated having such a common name (esp his surname) so any DCs will have my surname.

But we still want soon to arrive DC1 to have a Russian name but one that can equally be sort of english sounding.

So what do you think:





MustControlFistOfDeath Mon 17-Oct-11 23:45:21

Elena - v nice
Zoya - reminds me of Soya
Yekaterina - hmm no, 1st word association thought was yukaterina
Sofiya - like this (Zofia is 1st choice if we ever have DD)
Larisa - don't like but only because I know someone with this name
Nataliya - ok

Alexandr - grin good choice <DS is Olek (Aleksander)>
Alexei - no no no Alexei Sayle! Yikes!
Daniil - reminds me of Dannii Minougue hmm
Dmitry - don't like
Ivan - Ivan the Terrible shock

Northernlurker Mon 17-Oct-11 23:52:02

Elena - bit dull tbh
Zoya - doesn't do much for me
Yekaterina - I love the sound of this but I reckon it's a bit too quirky for the English audience - nobody will EVER spell it right etc.
Sofiya- pretty - but Sophie and Sophia are both fairly common in England
Larisa - Like this
Nataliya - and this

I also like Olga and Tatiana

Alexandr - also bit dull - would you call him Sacha though - because I think that is nice.
Alexei - trying too hard grin
Daniil - see above for Yekaterina
Dmitry - makes me think of spies for some reason
Ivan - I agree - the Terrible? Come on!

Friends have a Nikolai - I like that. Also Mischa - is that the diminuitive of Michael?

GlaikitFizzogOnaNeepyLantern Mon 17-Oct-11 23:57:44

Ooh I really like Zoya,easy to spell easy to pronounce even if you've never heard it beofre. when I saw the thread I thought of Anastasia. For boys I'd go with Dmitry or alexei

riksti Mon 17-Oct-11 23:59:39

Are you planning to use the Russian pronunciations? Cause some of them would be pronounced differently in Russian and in English, I think. That's how we made our decision, picked a name that would have a similar pronunciation in both languages.
I like Nataliya, can't decide on boys' names

anyagoogle Tue 18-Oct-11 00:11:27

northern we would probably go Shurik or Shura for Alexandr. DSis uses Sacha.
And OH wants it as Alexandr I would much prefer Aleksandr as I think people would just assume there was a e in it an write it with one.
I thought of Ivan Bunin, not the terrible, but there was the great one as well ;)

anyagoogle Tue 18-Oct-11 00:16:47

Oh and definatly can't have anything Ana-/Anna- like.
riksti we kind of thought we would do Russian pronounciation - if they are russian name why not , I've never had a problem using russian pro with my name (but then it is a known russian name here). But suppose if the pronounciations were similar would probably be better.
northern Misha is a Mikhail which is my DDad so can't have that

anyagoogle Tue 18-Oct-11 00:22:11

Shit - DSis is Sasha not Sacha damn touchscreen (I will preview, I will preview, I will preview)

someRaaRaaplease Tue 18-Oct-11 18:57:38

Elena - erm
Zoya - really like
Yekaterina - Love it but maybe not if you don't want something v. russian
Sofiya - Sophie etc is ppular
Larisa - love it
Nataliya - okay


Alexandr - I like it and would be with you on the Aleksandr and I like Shurik and Shura
Alexei - nope
Daniil - like it
Dmitry - reminds me of disney so yes.
Ivan - Cameron so nope.

toffeefudgeanyone Tue 18-Oct-11 19:11:35

I like Zoya and Nataliya for a girl and Alexandr and Daniil for a boy

tommyfools Wed 19-Oct-11 00:24:22

Zoya and Elena for a girl and I think Alexsandr for a boy

winnybella Wed 19-Oct-11 00:52:52

MustControlFistOfDeath-are you Polish? <waves excitedly>

I like Elena,Sofiya,Nataliya and Zoya for a girl. Alexandr, Alexei or Ivan for a boy (oi, Turgenev was an Ivan as well, for example).

frutilla Wed 19-Oct-11 01:30:49


MustControlFistOfDeath Wed 19-Oct-11 07:32:59

winny dziendobry! I'm not, but DP is <waves back>

fivegomadindorset Wed 19-Oct-11 07:36:21


anyagoogle Wed 19-Oct-11 09:32:56

Can't have anything with Ana-/Anna- in it. five in russian you basically never have diminutive names on BC (which ushka/oshka is.)
Tatiana reminds me of my bro first girlfriend my god she was a right slut.
Ludmilla I don't like

blushingm Wed 19-Oct-11 09:37:42

i quite i Ivan!!!! but I like all your boys names

not so keen on the girls though - Larisa is pretty

Olga is nice too

what about

Dutchie77 Wed 19-Oct-11 17:05:30



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